Without hesitation we can say that Sunday was a full-hearted blowout of East Bay making and creativity! Anyone who attended no doubt can attest to the wonderful range of projects, people and talents available for examining, chatting up and investigating.

We are accumulating a great set of pictures and videos growing here.  If you were shooting and are willing to share what you captured, please reach out to info@ebmakerfaire.com.  We can always use more images and video!

Thanks first and foremost to our many Makers that contributed 22 Presentations, 13 Performances, and 169 Exhibits.  Just excellent.  Thank you for sharing your work, for your openness, your playfulness, and your exemplary spirit!

Volunteers!  Park Day School parents and students and faculty! (You do know this is a show produced mainly by parent volunteers at Park Day School, right?) 246 shifts staffed — from Maker check-in to Seed Bombs to Learn to Solder to cleaning up.  You people are The Jam.

Sponsors!!  The business model of celebrating passion projects (Makers don’t pay a booth fee) is that Sponsors are what makes the show go round.  Thanks to ALL our 2016 Sponsors:  Google, Make:, Blue Shield of California, Bank of Marin, Project Ember, UC Berkeley, TechShop, Trackers Earth, Modarri, Cubit, 510Families, AE Machines, Brushstrokes, Flax Art & Design, PlayWell TEKnologies, Connections Academy, Tinkering Labs, Boot & Shoe Service, Whole Foods, Hog’s Apothecary, Beauty’s Bagels, Revolution Foods & Semifreddis.

Also we need to thank our fabulous venue partner, Studio One Art Center, who is so generous with their space and community.  And our food truck wrangler, Karen Hester.  We love working with you all!

Big thanks to Dale Dougherty, Sherry Huss, Louise Glasgow, Mike Senese and the whole team at Make: magazine and Maker Faire.  Also Calgary Mini Maker Faire Producer Jason Bedard, who came in for the weekend and volunteered—he made sense of our radio communications!!  These people make the Maker world go-round, and we appreciate your astute and passionate leadership.

Finally, hats off to the 2016 Core Organizing Team!!  Special thanks to Catherine Shields and her sidekick Linda Miller at Park Day School.  These two make the rest of us look like slackers 😉

See you in 2017!  Until then, check out our list of Local Maker Resources and keep making.

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screen-shot-2016-10-22-at-10-35-58-pmCannot wait for the morning!  The show site looks amazing already.

Check out the program and map.

Reminder… What to bring:

  • Your tickets, either printed, or downloaded to your mobile phone.
  • Some extra cash for the awesome food trucks, beer booth, and crafter shopping.
  • Clothing or items to screenprint at the Grease Diner screenprinting booth.
  • Plastic toys & figurines to donate to the Toy Hack booth.
  • Clothes to hack in the Swap-O-Rama-Rama.
  • Hat and/or sunscreen, as a lot of the event is outside.
  • Your bike! Free bike valet parking on 42nd Street – come in style!
  • Friends! They can still get tickets here & pre-purchase day-of tickets before hitting the gates.

Those especially prepared will have scanned through:

But lots of folks will just show up at 360 42nd Street, buy a ticket, and see what happens.  And that’s great too.

Either way, see you tomorrow!  The gate opens at 10 a.m.

educatormeetupEducators! Don’t miss the maker educator meet-up at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire. Explore strategies for designing maker-centered learning experiences with others. $5 advance tix, includes lunch. (Please share with your educator friends!)  Register here:  https://ebmakerfaire2016.eventbrite.com?discount=EDHACK16

Thanks to Agency by Design Oakland and the Abundance Foundation for supporting.